South Coast residents and Canberra holidaymakers will likely face basic water restrictions this summer.
The Eurobodalla Shire Council has carried a motion to prepare restrictions from October 14, while at the same time declaring a "climate emergency" along the coast.
The council voted to begin preparations for level-one restrictions from October 14 if no significant rainfall occurs.
Canberra is also facing the possibility of water restrictions in 2020, as dam water levels start to approach "trigger points".
However, other councils in the capital region are yet to make a move.
Snowy Monaro Regional Council, which includes Cooma and Jindabyne, is unlikely to start restrictions.
The council's water operations manager, Mark Rixon, said water restrictions hadn't been implemented for five years.
"I would tend to say, cheekily, if we go into severe drought here then the rest of Australia's really bad," Mr Rixon said.
Water levels at the Jindabyne Dam, one of the council's main sources of water, were solid and decent snow cover on the Snowy Mountains was good news, Mr Rixon said.
"The other river sources, they're all maintaining a healthy flow," he said.
But he said the region's farmers were holding out for some rain.
"The countryside is certainly dry, that's for sure," he said.
Wool producer Craig Mitchell agrees. He's been using feed for his merino sheep at his Numerella farm, east of Cooma, for the last few months.
"We're on a fair bit of feed," Mr Mitchell said.
"The sheep were pretty good coming into winter.
"It's been very dry since April."
He said the summer had seen good rainfalls over the farm but since then he had seen very little and was hoping for a good dump come spring.
Mr Mitchell pumps water from the river near his farm but is hesitant to draw on it too heavily.
To make it worse, he said wool prices had recently started to drop, with market prices dropping by about 20 per cent in just the last two weeks.
The Yass Valley Council said there would be no water restrictions.
However Murrumbateman, just across the ACT border, is on level-one restrictions. They are not yet connected to Yass Valley Council's water supply.
A spokeswoman for the Yass council said $22 million worth of works in 2013 had increased the dam's capacity from being able to provide for7000 people to 15,000.
A failure at Yass' water treatment plant over summer saw residents complain about brown water pouring from their taps.
At the time, the council blamed the drought conditions gripping the state for the quality of the water.
The Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council has permanent water-saving measures in Braidwood, Bungendore and Captains Flat but no further restrictions were planned.
Queanbeyan and Googong purchase their water from the ACT's Icon Water. A council spokesman said the council would be "governed" by the utility when it came to their water supply.
In June, Sydney declared water restrictions after the city's dams hit the 53 per cent mark.
Canberra is also likely to face water restrictions next year if dry conditions persist.
The capital only saw five millimetres of rain in July, compared to the long-term average of 40.5 millimetres.
The last summer was also Canberra's hottest on record.